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'Irish Jesuits Among the Mild Batonga'

Booklet entitled 'Irish Jesuits Among the Mild Batonga' by Rev Joseph McSweeney SJ published by the Irish Messenger Office.

McSweeney, Joseph, 1909-1982, Jesuit priest, chaplian and missioner

'Irish Jesuits in Northern Rhodesia'

Booklet entitled 'Irish Jesuits in Northern Rhodesia' by Rev Joseph McSweeney SJ published by the Irish Messenger Office.

McSweeney, Joseph, 1909-1982, Jesuit priest, chaplian and missioner

Article in 'The Commonweal'

Article from The Commonweal entitled ‘Father William Doyle, S.J.’ by Henry Longan Stuart.

Society of Jesus

Australian Mission

The Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia was initiated due to the will of Fr John Joseph Therry (1790-1864), who named the Irish Jesuits as beneficiaries to his property in Australia, and by an invitation to the Irish Province by James Alipius Goold, Bishop of Melbourne (later Archbishop) (1812-1886) to set-up a mission in his diocese. The first two Irish Jesuits, Frs William Lentaigne (1805-1884) and William Kelly (1823-1909), arrived in Melbourne in September 1865. Previously, two Austrian Jesuits, Frs. Kranewitter (1817-1880) and Klinkowstroem (1819-1896) had arrived in 1848 after Jesuit expulsion from Austria. The Austrian Mission centred on South Australia and the Northern Territory. In 1901, the Austrian and Irish missions amalgamated. Australia was made a Vice-Province in 1931 and Fr Austin Kelly SJ (1891-1978) was named the first Provincial of the Australian Province in 1950.

The papers of the Australian Mission provide a comprehensive history of the Irish Jesuit Mission, concentrating on the years 1865-1931. The Irish Jesuits worked as missionaries, educators, writers, chaplains, theologians, scientists, pastors and directors of retreats, mainly in the urban communities of eastern Australia.

Subjects touched upon include: agreements with Archbishops in establishing Jesuit houses in a particular diocese; reflections on the journey to and from Australia; administration of schools, colleges, universities and Jesuit residences - (St. Patrick’s, Melbourne; St. Francis Xavier College, Kew, Melbourne; St. Aloysius, Dunedin (NZ); St. Aloysius College, Sydney ; St. Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney; St. Louis, Claremont, Western Australia; Newman College, University of Melbourne); parishes - (Norwood and Sevenhills in South Australia; Invercargill (NZ); Melbourne; Sydney; Toowong and Indooroopilly in Queensland); financial documents; expansion of the Mission; and correspondence between Father Provincial in Ireland and Jesuits in Australia. By far the greatest number of letters sent to Father Provincial in Ireland was from Fr. John Ryan SJ (1849-1922) (Superior of the Mission from 11 February 1901-14 June 1908; 9 April 1913-24 October 1917). Until the creation of the Australian Mission as a Vice-Province, the Irish Provincial was kept informed of every minor detail about the Mission and often decision making in Australia was delayed until approval from Dublin was given.

Superiors of the Irish Jesuit Mission to Australia (1865-1931)
Fr Joseph Lentaigne SJ 1865-1866
Fr Joseph Dalton SJ 1866-1872
Fr Thomas Cahill SJ 1872-1879
Fr Joseph Dalton SJ 1879-2 September 1883
Fr Aloysius Sturzo SJ 2 September 1883-5 April 1890
Fr Patrick Keating SJ 5 April 1890-1 February 1895
Fr Timothy Kenny SJ 1 February 1895-11 February 1901
Fr John Ryan SJ 11 February 1901-14 June 1908
Fr Thomas Brown SJ 14 June 1908-9 April 1913
Fr John Ryan SJ 9 April 1913-24 October 1917
Fr William Lockington SJ 24 October 1917-20 June 1923
Fr Jeremiah Sullivan SJ 20 June 1923-19 March 1931

Vice-Provincials of the Vice-Province of Australian (1931-1950)
Fr John Fahy SJ 19 March 1931-25 August 1939
Fr John Meagher SJ 25 August 1939-1 October 1947
Fr Austin Kelly SJ 1 October 1947-1 November 1950

Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 1860-

Biographical information on Fr Doyle

Biographical information on Fr Doyle including a copy of his birth certificate and memorial card.

Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 1860-

Copies of the General Status and Visitation Memorials for the Jesuit houses in Zambia

Copies of the General Status and Visitation Memorials for the Jesuit houses in Zambia including those at Fumbo, Namwala, Monze, Lusaka, Chivuna, Chikuni and Mazabuka sent to Frs. Brendan Barry and Cecil McGarry, Irish Jesuit Provincials, by Fr Desmond O’Loghlen, Superior of the Chikuni Mission and Fr John Counihan SJ, Provincial, Vice-Province of Zambia.

Counihan, John, 1916-2001, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ and the Irish Fr Provincial MacMahon, thanking him for sending two Jesuits

Letter from Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ, Chikuni, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial John R MacMahon SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin thanking him for sending two Irish Jesuits to the mission. Asks if more men can be spared for work in the mission. Includes a copy of a reply remarking that more men cannot be spared.

Zabdyr, Ladislaus, 1890-1968, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1950

A file of letters written during the year 1950 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia. Includes numerous letters relating to the announcement that eight Irish Jesuits are to be sent to the Chikuni Mission and the need for these men to learn the language (Chitonga). Many letters express concern over the lack of preparations being made for their arrival and a reluctance to comply with Fr General's instructions that all eight men are to be housed together for one year to obtain a firm grasp of the language.

  • Includes a letter from the Apostolic Delegation, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning the division of the mission between the Irish and Polish Jesuits. Advises Fr Byrne to send a suitable Jesuit to Northern Rhodesia to take on the role of Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka when the division takes place (12 June 1950, 1p).
  • Includes a memorandum by Fr John Collins SJ concerning Bantu courses in London University (nd, 2pp).
  • Includes a photograph published in the Irish Independent of the nine Irish Jesuits (eight priests and one brother) before their departure for Chikuni, Northern Rhodesia (19 July 1950, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian MacMahon SJ to Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ announcing their safe arrival in Lusaka (7 August 1950, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh SJ describing a trip he and Fr Louis Meagher SJ made in the Zambesi Valley (22 September 1950, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian McMahon SJ, Chikuni Mission PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ describing the school system here and the training colleges for African teachers (2 October 1950, 7pp).

Walsh, Patrick J, 1911-1975, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1951

A file of letters written during the year 1951 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a report on the Lusaka Mission and Fr Visitor's suggestion that the Irish Fathers take over a part of this mission from the Polish Province (nd, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J Walsh, SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi Siding, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ, concerning the starting up of new mission stations. Refers to the division of the Vicariate and remarks '…the Polish Fathers are inclined to be resentful of us….I know there is a great effort being made to ensure that…we shall not get Lusaka.' (30 January 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum concerning the establishment of a Junior Trade School ([February] 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Rev. A Chichester, S.J., Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, Campion House, Rhodes Avenue, Salisbury, Southrrn Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial enquiring if the Irish Province has plans to open a school for European boys in Northern Rhodesia. A note on the letter remarks 'Nothing doing: will ask Xtian Brothers if he wishes.' (6 October 1951, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Adam Kozlowiecki, S.J. (Apostolic Administrator), Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka, PO Box 125 to Irish Fr Provincial stating the urgent need for a school for Catholic European boys in Northern Rhodesia. Includes a rough plan of a suitable site (16 November 1951, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from David Mathew, Apostolic Delegate, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish FrProvincial referring to the division of the Vicariate between the Irish and Polish Jesuits (24 November 1951, 3pp).

Walsh, Patrick J, 1911-1975, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1952

A file of letters written during the year 1952 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from David Matthews, Archbishop of Apamea, Apostolic delegate, Delegatio Apostolica, PO Box 468 Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning the proposed boundaries of the Vicariate of Lusaka to be given to the Irish Province. Includes a free hand map of the area (9 January 1952, 3pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the building of the residence at the regiment Church has begun. Refers to Mau Mau in Kenya and remarks 'It is likely that in the next few years we shall see similar developments in central Africa. There is a great spirit of unrest and dissatisfaction among the Africans here and there is quite a bit of Communist propaganda going on - especially through the African Congress' (29 November 1952, 1p).

Mathew, David, 1902-1975, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces and historian

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1953

A file of letters written during the year 1953 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from David Mathews, Archbishop of Apamea, Apostolic Delegate, PO Box 468, Mombasa to Irish Fr Provincial Thomas Byrne SJ concerning his meeting with Fr General regarding the nomination of the Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka. Remarks that Fr General is anxious that the new Bishop, when named, would open a preparatory school for European boys in Lusaka (20 February 1953, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the residence at the Regiment Church has been completed (6 March 1953, 2pp).
  • Includes a statement of the Chikuni Mission statistics for the year ending 30 June 1953 (June 1953, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from the Educational Secretary-General to the Northern Rhodesia Catholic Missions, PO Box 29, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to the [Archbishop] concerning the Catholic Teacher Training College proposal (5 September 1953, 3pp).
  • Includes a document relating to a survey on leprosy in Northern Rhodesia made in 1950 (10 December 1953, 11pp).

Mathew, David, 1902-1975, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces and historian

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1954

A file of letters written during the year 1954 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Robert Thompson SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning an invitation from the Dept. of Social Welfare to Frs. Robert Thompson and Patrick J Walshe to participate in Council meetings in preparation for Territorial Social Welfare meetings (21 January 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Adam Kozlowiecki SJ, Apostolic Administrator, Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka, PO Box 125 to Irish Fr Provincial thanking him for agreeing, in principle, to staff the Teacher Training College with members of the Irish Province (4 April 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from [ ] Kabunda Mission, PO Fort Roseberry to the Right Reverend the Ordinaries of Northern Rhodesia concerning the siting of the proposed territorial Catholic Teacher Training College (6 June 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Education Secretary-General to the North Rhodesia Catholic Missions, PO Box 593, Lusaka concerning the reorganisation of Teacher Training (18 June 1954, 4pp).
  • Includes a memorandum by Irish Fr Provincial concerning the terms governing the choice of a site for the Teacher Training College (1 October 1954, 5pp).
  • Includes Fr Robert Thompson SJ's impressions of participating in the Social Services Conference, Northern Rhodesia (19 October 1954, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum by Fr Walter O'Connor SJ concerning the leprosy settlement near Chikuni (November 1954, 3pp).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1955

A file of letters written during the year 1955 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Robert Thompson SJ, PO Box 125, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning the Teacher Training College. Remarks that the establishment of a new Training College was formally passed in principle and that a decision on the proposed site at Monze-Lubwe will be made shortly (5 January 1955, 2pp).
  • Includes a newspaper cutting reporting on the appointment of Fr Adam Kozlowiecki SJ as Bishop-Elect of the Lusaka Vicariate (22 August 1955, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of the minutes of a consultation held at Chikuni Mission. The first item relates to the partition of goods between the Vicariate Apostolic of Lusaka and the Society of Jesus (15 & 16 September 1955, 6pp).

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1956

A file of letters written during the year 1956 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a memorandum concerning the Teacher Training College, namely the adaptation and expansion of Chikuni as the Training College and the building of a new secondary school near Lusaka ([ ] 1956, 1p).
  • Includes a first draft for presenting the Inter Racial Catholic Institute to the public ([ ], 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Commissioner of Taxes, PO Box 126, Causway, Southern Rhodesia to Coghlan Welsh and Guest, Solicitors acting on behalf of the Irish Jesuits, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia concerning the change of status of Lusaka from Prefecture Apostolic to Vicariate Apostolic under the care of the Society of Jesus. Discusses the financial implications of this (March 1956, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr M. Schurmans SJ, Visitor, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning the juridical division of the Lusaka Mission. Remarks 'I think the only alternative left would be that the Irish Province take over the whole mission from the Polish' (19 November 1956, 4pp).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1957

A file of letters written during the year 1957 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia. This mission was set up as a separate mission from Lusaka (Polish) in 1 January 1957.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Loyola to Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ concerning a consultation of the mission with Fr Visitor where it was agreed to ask the Christian Brothers to take over the Teacher Training College. Remarks 'Our own Bishop is somewhat disappointed at the decision but has given his full approval to the asking of the Bros to come into his Vicariate for this work,' (7 February 1957, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Joseph McCarthy SJ, Chiuvna, Box 13, Monze to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the division of the mission. Remarks 'Our immediate need is to expand in the Southern Province…the Irish Province now has the responsibility for all this area…we are (also) informed that to get our own Vicariate we must have more stations…I think we should start this year at Namwala and Choma.' (7 February 1957, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr J. Boyle SJ, British Province SJ, Garret House, 31 Camp Road, Wimbledon, London to Irish Fr Provincial informing him that the British Province is hoping to open a Novitiate in Rhodesia in February 1958 with the Irish Province supplying the Socius (29 December 1957, 1p).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1958

A file of letters written during the year 1958 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a memorandum on the Ecclesiastical Administration of the Chikuni Mission in the Vicariate of Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia by Fr Joseph McCarthy SJ (9 August 1958, 2pp).
  • Includes the minutes of a missionary conference held in Lusaka (28 October 1958, 32pp).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1959

A file of letters written during the year 1958 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel L Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, St Ignatius, PO Box 125, Lusaka to Fr Coyne SJ. concerning a communication from the Apostolic delegate informing him that the S C of Propaganda Fide accepts the proposition regarding the division of Lusaka Vicariate (17 February 1959, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Michael O'Grady SJ to the Superior of the Mission Fr Daniel Meagher SJ concerning the appointment of a Vicar Apostolic for the Southern Province. Instructs Fr Meagher to establish a terna and to submit the names to him (5 March 1959, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian MacMahon SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial concerning the terna for the appointment of a Vicar Apostolic. Submits three names (11 April 1959, 2pp).
  • Includes a report of the inspection team of Canisius College, Chikuni Mission (3 June 1959, 25pp).
  • Includes copies of correspondence relating to the election of Ecclesiastical Superior for the Mission. It would appear that the initial submission of names was rejected by Fr. General (5 July- 6 September 1959, 3 items).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel L. Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Kasiya Mission, PO Box 54, Pemba, N. Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning the election of Ecclesiastical Superior of the Mission. Remarks 'I am in complete agreement with your Reverence that we cannot now produce a suitable candidate from the present mission personnel…I am now convinced that it would serve no more useful purpose by referring this question back to our Consultors and I personally am very convinced that the only line left for us to take is to select from Ireland (21 September 1959, 2pp).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1960

A file of letters written during the year 1960 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Brian MacMahon SJ, Church of St. Ignatius, Beit Road, PO Box 125, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ submitting a further three names for Ecclesiastical Superior of the mission, his own name, Fr James Corboy SJ and Fr Brendan Barry SJ: Remarks that he would '…dread the prospect of being considered for appointment as Bishop' (13 January 1960, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Catholic Church, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia informing him of further behavioural problems in Chikuni College. Remarks that it would appear that there is a political motivation to the bad behaviour of the students (22 March 1960, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Francis Keenan SJ, St Stanislaus Minor Seminary, PO Box 72, Broken Hill to Irish Fr Provincial referring to the transmission of Moscow Radio in Africa. Remarks that the programme content is mostly propaganda for Communism. Remarks '…to the average uninformed African it must all sound like the answer to their prayers, especially in the light of the recent happenings in South Africa, all of which are played up to the full by Moscow…' (16 April 1960, 1p).
  • Includes a copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ to the Superior of the Mission Fr Daniel Meagher SJ concerning the question of Fr Sean McCarron's appointment as Educational Secretary to the Bishop's Conference. Remarks that he is not in favour of the appointment and explains why (26 May 1960, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Superior of the Mission Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Chikuni Mission to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ relating to the Sacred Heart Brothers and their agreement to take over the Teacher Training College (Charles Lwanga College) (23 June 1960, 1p).
  • Includes a report of the fifth general assembly of the Catholic International Education Office ([ ] 1960, 9pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, Loyola, PO Box RW3, Ridgeway, Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning constitutional changes resulting in Northern Rhodesia having an African Government. Remarks that Kenneth Kaunda will more than likely become the Chief Minister in the new Government and that his representative will visit Ireland to seek assistance from the Irish Government and asks Irish Fr Provincial to secure introductions for him to meet Irish Government officials (28 December 1960, 2pp).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1961

A file of letters written during the year 1961 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Arthur Clarke SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ expressing the need for a new community house at Chikuni. Outlines the needs of the community at Chikuni and costs involved (20 April 1961, 8pp).
  • Includes a memorandum on the financial needs of Canisius College, Chikuni (14 August 1961, 15pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Arthur Clarke SJ, Chikuni Mission, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ thanking him for providing £10,000 for a new community residence at Chikuni.

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1962

A file of letters written during the year 1962 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick Cummins SJ, Mater Dei Church, Box 11, Kalomo, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning the ongoing difficulty in choosing an Ecclesiastical Superior (4 January 1962, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Daniel Meagher SJ, Superior of the Mission, Kasiya Mission, PO Box 54, Pemba to Irish Fr Provincial (Fr. expressing his delight at the appointment of the Ecclesiastical Superior - Fr James Corboy SJ (consecrated on 24 June 1962) (2 May 1962, 2pp).
  • Includes a souvenir booklet of the consecration of the Right Reverend James Corboy SJ at Chikuni (24 June 1962, 1 item).
  • Includes an extract from a letter written by Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ on the occasion of the consecration of Bishop Corboy (26 June 1962, 1p).

Kozłowiecki, Adam, 1911-2007, Archbishop of Lusaka

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1963

A file of letters written during the year 1963 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.
Includes a letter from Fr Bernard Collins SJ, Catholic Church, Chivuna, PO Box 199, Monze to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning vocations to the Society from the Chikuni mission. Refers to the strike, by students, which took place in Canisius College and remarks 'The affects of the strike are lamentable, I should think, so far as vocations to the Society are concerned' (31 January 1963, 2pp).

  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh, S.J, Archbishop's House, PO Box RW3, Ridgeway, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ concerning a number of visitors from Northern Rhodesia travelling to Ireland to visit various Government Departments. Asks Fr Provincial if it would be wise for the Irish Province to become involved in the visit (4 September 1963, 1p).

O’Conor, Charles, 1906-1981, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1964

A file of letters written during the year 1964 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a copy of a letter from Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ, Mungret College, Limerick to the Superior of the Mission, Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, PO Box 218, Choma concerning the possibility of opening a University at Lusaka. Remarks 'Should such a thing happen, I think it could raise a lot of very important considerations for us; and I would very much like to be kept well in the picture as to how things develop.' (5 March 1964, 1p).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, St. Mary's, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Charles O'Conor SJ concerning further news about the University project in Lusaka. Remarks 'So far the project is at the blue-print stage…At a meeting on Education convened by Bishop Corboy, I expressed the hope that we should be able to have some part in the University…However…Bishop Corboy is opposed to any undertaking which will take men from Monze Diocese' (24 March 1964, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from Fr Patrick J. Walsh SJ, Archbishop's House PO Box RW3, Ridgeway, Lusaka to Irish Fr Provincial Charles O'Conor SJ referring to the transition to self-government and independence. Remarks that it is going very smoothly 'One can already see the great difference it makes to have a Government which has the interests of all the people of the country at heart' (6 April 1964, 1p).
  • Includes a list of science equipment from Tullabeg for transfer to Chikuni (13 May 1964, 3pp).
  • Includes a circular letter from Fr Thomas J Martin SJ, Jesuit Foreign Missions, 20 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 concerning the death of Fr Daniel Byrne SJ following a car accident (19 May 1964, 2pp).
  • Includes a memorandum written by the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, St. Mary's Catholic Church, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia concerning the addition to the residence at St. Ignatius, Lusaka (25 September 1964, 2pp).
  • Includes a copy of a memorandum written by the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, concerning the manpower problem in the Chikuni mission (16 October 1964, 3pp).
  • Includes a report of the Religious Superiors Association of Zambia (December 1964, 5pp).

O’Conor, Charles, 1906-1981, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between Jesuits in Nothern Rhodesia and the Irish Fr Provincial during the year 1965

A file of letters written during the year 1965 relating to the Chikuni Mission, Northern Rhodesia.

  • Includes a letter from Fr Thomas J Martin SJ, Jesuit Foreign Mission, 20 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 to the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, concerning the finances of the Chikuni Mission (27 March 1965, 2pp).
  • Includes a letter from the Superior of the Mission Fr Desmond O'Loghlen SJ, St. Mary's Catholic Church, PO Box 218, Choma, Northern Rhodesia to Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ concerning the timetable of Fr. General's visit to Zambia (22 December 1965, 2pp).

O’Loghlen, Desmond, 1918-2003, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between the Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Fr Provincial, 1970

Correspondence mainly between Fr John Counihan SJ, Zambia and Irish Fr Provincial Cecil McGarry SJ concerning individual members of the Society of Jesus and financial arrangements between the new Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Province. Also includes supplement on Zambia from ‘The Financial Times’ (13 August 1970).

McGarry, Cecil, 1929-2009, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between the Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Fr Provincial, 1971

Correspondence mainly between Fr John Counihan SJ, Zambia and Irish Fr Provincial Cecil McGarry SJ concerning the work and health of members of the Society of Jesus in the Zambian Vice-Province. Also includes letter to Irish Fr Provincial McGarry from Fr Thomas McGivern SJ, Rector, Canisius Secondary School, Chisekesi, Zambia.

McGarry, Cecil, 1929-2009, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between the Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Fr Provincial, 1972

Correspondence mainly between Fr John Counihan SJ, Zambia and Irish Fr Provincial Cecil McGarry SJ mainly relating to questions of personnel, but also referring to the establishment of a House of Studies attached to the University of Zambia and the staffing of a new National Seminary at Lusaka.

McGarry, Cecil, 1929-2009, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between the Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Fr Provincial, 1973

Correspondence mainly between Irish Fr Provincial Cecil McGarry SJ, Fr John Counihan SJ, Provincial of the Vice Province of Zambia and Fr James Carroll SJ, Vice-Provincial of the Vice Province of Zambia mainly relating to questions of personnel, but also includes some letters concerning Fr Liam Browne’s book on Tonga customs.

McGarry, Cecil, 1929-2009, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between the Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Fr Provincial, 1974

Correspondence mainly between Fr John Counihan SJ, Zambia and Irish Fr Provincial Cecil McGarry SJ but also containing letters concerning additional controversy surrounding Fr Liam Browne’s ‘The Plateau Tonga, An Introduction’ and plans for a religious house in Kitwe.

McGarry, Cecil, 1929-2009, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between the Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Fr Provincial, 1975

Correspondence between Irish Fr Provincial Patrick Doyle SJ and Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province, Fr John Counihan SJ relating to personnel, financial backing for students and the appointment of Fr John J. O’Leary SJ as new provincial of the Zambian Vice- Province.

Counihan, John, 1916-2001, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between the Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province and the Irish Fr Provincial, 1977

Correspondence between Irish Fr Provincial Patrick Doyle SJ and Provincial of the Zambian Vice-Province, Fr John J. O’Leary SJ relating to Irish personnel in Zambia, Fr O’Leary’s visit to Ireland and the decision to grant the Four Vows to various members of the Society in Zambia.

Doyle, Patrick, 1922-2008, Jesuit priest

Correspondence between the Superior of the Chikuni Mission and Irish Fr Provincial, 1966

File of correspondence between Fr Desmond O’Loghlen SJ, Superior of the Chikuni Mission, St Mary’s, Choma, Zambia and Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry covering topics such as the visit of Father General to the Mission, the carrying out of a sociological survey, personnel changes, finance and the revision of Chikuni Farm Boundaries.

O’Loghlen, Desmond, 1918-2003, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between the Superior of the Chikuni Mission and Irish Fr Provincial, 1967

Correspondence between Fr Desmond O’ Loghlen SJ and Irish Fr Provincial Brendan Barry SJ mainly relating to personnel issues but also including letters concerning arrangements for a provincial visit and information relating to the diocese of Monze.

O’Loghlen, Desmond, 1918-2003, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between the Superior of the Chikuni Mission and Irish Fr Provincial, 1968

File of correspondence mainly between Fr Desmond O’Loghlen SJ and Irish Fr Provincials Brendan Barry and Cecil McGarry. Include letters regarding personnel, the financing of the mission, the building of a new novitiate building and plans for the unification of the missions of Chikuni and Lusaka.

O’Loghlen, Desmond, 1918-2003, Jesuit priest and missioner

Correspondence between the Superior of the Chikuni Mission and Irish Fr Provincial, 1969

File of correspondence mainly between Irish Fr Provincial Cecil McGarry SJ and Frs Desmond O’Loghlen and John Counihan, Superiors of the Chikuni Mission. Letters refer to individual members of the Society of Jesus, the visit of Irish Fr Provincial Cecil McGarry to Zambia, the establishment of the Vice-Province of Zambia and the appointment of Fr Counihan as the first Provincial.

O’Loghlen, Desmond, 1918-2003, Jesuit priest and missioner

Fr Willie Doyle SJ

William Joseph Gabriel Doyle was born (1873) at Melrose, Dalkey Avenue, Dalkey, county Dublin. Known as Willie, Billie or Sloper (a comic book hero of the time), he was the youngest of seven children of Hugh Doyle, registrar of the insolvency court, and Christine Doyle (née Byrne). Growing up, Willie was devout, caring and cheerful. Educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, in 1891 Willie followed his older brother Charles into the Jesuits. After two years as a novice, he taught at Clongowes Wood College, where he produced The Mikado and founded the school magazine, The Clongownian. His Jesuit formation included periods in Belgium and England, and further teaching at Clongowes and Belvedere Colleges. After ordination at Milltown Park on 28th July 1907, Willie began work as an urban missionary and retreat giver in Ireland. His positive attitude made him a great success, and he travelled all around the British Isles. He was also the author of best-selling pamphlets on retreats and vocations.

Volunteering as a military chaplain in First World War, Fr Doyle was sent to France with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in early 1916. Within days of his arrival at the Front, he showed himself outstanding in the work of a chaplain. Lt Col HR Stirke noted that Fr Doyle was ‘one of the finest fellows that I ever met, utterly fearless, always with a cheery word on his lips and ever ready to go out and attend the wounded and the dying under the heaviest fire’. Present at the battles of the Somme and Messines, Fr Doyle was killed during the third battle of Ypres on 16th August 1917, while going to the aid of a wounded man near Frezenberg. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium. Fr Doyle was awarded the Military Cross, and he was put forward for the Victoria Cross posthumously but did not receive it. Writing to Willie’s father, Hugh, in December 1917, Major General WB Hickie remarks that: ‘I could not say too much about your son. He was loved and reverenced by us all. His gallantry, self sacrifice and devotion to duty were all so well known and recognized. I think that his was the most wonderful character that I have ever known.’

Doyle, Willie, 1873-1917, Jesuit priest and chaplain

Further letter from Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ to the Irish Fr Provincial

Letter from Fr Ladislaus Zabdyr SJ, Chikuni, PO Chisekesi, Northern Rhodesia to Irish Fr Provincial John R MacMahon SJ, St Francis Xavier's, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin imploring him to respond to his request for Irish Jesuits to be sent to the mission (1p). With airgraph copy.

Zabdyr, Ladislaus, 1890-1968, Jesuit priest and missioner

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